It’s great to be back race riding again! It has actually been quite straightforward getting used to the new protocols which have been very clear for us all. Both Newcastle and Yarmouth have done a great job in making us all feel safe.
FRIDAY – LINGFIELD
12:55pm Lingfield Twentysharesofgrey – Simon Dow
Twentysharesofgrey is a two-year-old filly I am yet to sit on and she will be Simon’s first runner of the new season, so we should learn plenty from her. Simon does well here at Lingfield and I’m looking forward to riding her.
2.40pm Lingfield La Dragontea – Michael Bell
This is a big step-up in class for a filly that has only run once and finished 9th, but Mike has been really happy with her over the winter and she could easily outrun her odds. She has thickened out and is a much stronger filly, she has given me a nice feel when riding her out over the winter. She’s a really strong travelling type and I think the grass track at Lingfield will really suit her.
SATURDAY – LINGFIELD
4:55pm Lingfield: Madrinho – Tony Carroll
5/1)* is an experienced sprinter who rarely runs a bad race. I’ve never actually ridden him before but looking at his form, he was a very fast-finishing 2nd on his last start at Southwell and hasn’t gone up anything for that run and going off that, he has got to come into calculations despite an unfavourable draw.
6:40 Lingfield: Madame Peltier – Charlie Fellowes
Madame Peltier (
14/1) had three satisfactory runs last season showing signs of promise. This is her first time in a handicap and runs off a mark of 65. Charlie’s horses have started the season really well and he has got to be a trainer to keep an eye on!
7:15pm Lingfield: Prince Rock – Simon Dow
Prince Rock (
11/1) is another who I’ve not ridden before but despite two below par runs on his last two starts at Chelmsford and Kempton, he is a horse that clearly relishes Lingfield. In his latest 5 runs there, his form figures are 3-1-3-1-2. Ideally we’d have had a lower draw but I’m looking forward to riding him.
*All odds correct at time of writing